September 6 - November 29, 2020

Theme: Love For One Another

Good commands us to love another as God loves us. This quarter begins with a widely known story about Joseph, which deals with love within Jacob's family. From the Joseph story,  we proceed with God's laws requiring care and concern for the poor and needy, loving and embracing of the stranger, and the demands of love for one another in the teachings of Jesus in the Gospels. These sessions elaborate on themes of love for one another in the epistles of Paul and James and the expressions of love in the early formations of the Church in Acts.

Unit 1: September 2020

Struggles with Love

This unit has four sessions. The lessons reveal aspects of love. Session 1 reveals how a lack of familial love devolves into jealousy and destruction. Session 2 portrays Joseph's commitment to love that refuses to hold on to past wrongs but rather seeks God's path to future success. Sessions 3 and 4 show Joseph's brothers coming to Egypt and reveal how love and reconciliation can prevail in spite of harsh and negative circumstances.

Lesson 1: September 6th, Issues of Love, Genesis 37:2-11, 23-24, 28

Lesson 2: September 13th, God Rewards Obedience, Genesis 41:25-33, 37-40, 50-52

Lesson 3: September 20th Love versus Guilt, Genesis 42:6-25

Lesson 4: September 27th, God's Plan Revealed, Genesis 45:1-8, 1-15

Unit 2: October 2020

Inclusive Love

This unit has four sections. The focus of the lessons is on love for the stranger, the poor, and enemies as well as divine love reflected in human life.First Samuel shows David's love for others. Luke explores the teachings of Jesus regarding love for one's enemies and Jesus' parable of the good Samaritan. First Corinthians explores the sermon on love from Paul's writing, which depicts the height of human love coming from divine love.

Lesson 5: October 4th, Love and Devotion to Others, 1 Samuel 19:1-7

Lesson 6: October 11th, Love Your Enemies,  Luke 6:27-36

Lesson 7: October 18th, Loving Your Neighbor, Luke 10:25-37

Lesson 8: October 25th, Love Divine, 1 Corinthians 13

Unit 3: November 2020

Godly Love Among Believers

This unit contains five sessions. John elaborates on how believers love by serving and portray Jesus' explanation of the intertwining love of God for Jesus and for those who abide in Christ. First John clarifies the abiding love of God through the Holy Spirit, which makes it possible for us to love one another. Acts reveals the expression of the love of God in the formation of the early Christian community by the workings of the Holy Spirit. James tells of the love of neighbor as the fulfillment of the law of God.

Lesson 9: November 1st, Loving By Serving, John 13:1-15, 34-35

Lesson 10: November 8th, Abiding Love, John 15:4-17

Lesson 11: November 15th, Confident Love, 1 John 3:11-24

Lesson 12: November 22nd, Sharing Love, Acts 4:32-5:11

Lesson 13: November 29th, Impartial Love, James 2:1-13